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Top business leaders named members of W. P. Carey School Homecoming Hall of Fame

October 08, 2009

For their significant contributions to our economy and community, two top business executives will be honored as new members of the W. P. Carey School of Business Homecoming Hall of Fame this month. They will join an elite group of previous inductees, including leaders from the American Red Cross, Honeywell, Motorola, PayPal, Wells Fargo Bank and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Rick Kuhle, president of Vestar Development Company, and Robert Zollars, chairman and CEO of Vocera Communications, Inc., will be inducted at the annual Homecoming Hall of Fame ceremony on Oct. 30 at The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"Both of these W. P. Carey School of Business graduates have demonstrated superior leadership and determination in driving their businesses to great success," says W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Robert Mittelstaedt. "We are proud to honor their accomplishments."

Rick Kuhle is a founding principal of Vestar Development Company, one of the leading privately held real-estate companies in the Western United States. The company develops and manages retail and entertainment destinations. Through his work, Kuhle has helped Vestar to become a nationally recognized shopping center developer, responsible for such projects as the Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix. Kuhle graduated from the W. P. Carey School of Business with an MBA in 1982.

Robert Zollars has 30 years of health care and technology experience, including 20 years at Baxter International, where he ran five different divisions. He was then executive vice president of Cardinal Health, Inc., where he led five subsidiary companies. He joined Vocera Communications as chairman and CEO in June 2007. The company provides instant wireless voice communication solutions in health care, hospitality and other industries where mobile workers need to communicate mission-critical information. Zollars received a bachelor's degree in marketing from the W. P. Carey School of Business in 1979.

About 300 alumni, business leaders and faculty members are expected to attend the Homecoming Hall of Fame celebration this year. The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring a cocktail reception, a dinner and a student showcase. For more details, including ticket and sponsorship information, contact Erin Varga at (480) 965-8846 or